History

In mid-1956, J.W. “Dub” Stark moved what had once been Katie’s Davis Street Records to 338 W Jefferson and named it Top Ten Records. The space had previously been occupied by two appliance shops – Duke Doyle’s and Hamilton’s – as well as a sewing machine shop, and retains the Philco sign and shelves from Hamilton’s tenure.  

Over the years a number of musicians visited the shop, including Jim Reeves, Ray Price, Conway Twitty, Sonny James, Kenny Rodgers, Ernest Tubb, and Anne Murray. In a 1991 article in the Dallas Morning News, Mr. Stark recounted a near miss: “I sold the most tickets — about $1,500 worth — to Elvis’ show in Fair Park [11 October 1956; advance tickets cost $1.25 each]. He was going to come by to thank me, but when he stopped in at the Beckley Street Restaurant for a sandwich, they mobbed him, so he didn’t make it.”

The shop has served as a box office for the Dallas Memorial Auditorium, Will Rogers Coliseum, the State Fair Music Hall, and KNON. Shows included Mahalia Jackson, the Tijuana Brass Band, Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars, Herman’s Hermits, and Aretha Franklin.

Mike Polk, who had started working in the shop when he moved back to Dallas to take care of a relative, bought it from Mr. Stark when the latter decided to retire, around 1980.